Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, I submerged for the first time 32 years ago in St. Marten and I couldn’t fathom how much this has changed my life. I started scuba as a hobby in Russia and went on to receive my Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification. I opened my own diving club which became a hot spot for young divers. I had the privilege to dive with some celebrities, met a lot of interesting people, and most importantly learned what the mysterious underwater world had to offer. I even expanded the Dive Shop and opened another location in Spain. I was on cloud 9!
“Why did you become an event designer? Why not make Scuba diving be your full time career?” – two very common questions that I constantly asked myself. Diving was my passion; event design was my job. It paid the bills. For the first couple of years I was trying to combine my event design work and running the diving club. As I was planning to return to US, I had to give something up. The event design window was wide open in the US. I moved here and eventually my event design career became my passion. There are days when I think back with a little sadness, maybe I should have stayed and made diving my career. Then my wife, children, and my dog, Coby, remind me that I made the right decision.
Even though I gave up diving, I am constantly using what the underwater world has taught me in my event design. I am going to use this forum to try and shed some light on the fact that an event designer pulls from experience, but a good event designer uses other workforce industries to break the mold of this field.